An avid reader since she was a child, Arely decided to start a book review blog in Fall 2012. She has quickly loved the book blog world and enjoys it very much.
Arely loves to write almost as much as she loves to read, and her typical book genres include romance and all of its sub-genres, fantasy, and YA/NA.
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- While Seeking Dragonflies
on Aug. 11, 2013
Okay, let me start off by saying this is not my type of genre. I don’t particularly like this type of book—I prefer romance and fantasy and things with happy endings. I read this book as a favor to a friend, so I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into.
Matthew is a complete and total jerk. I hated him, I hated his actions, I hated his constant lies and his constant ego. I realize that this was precisely the point of the book, to make us hate him. He is not the good guy in this story, he is the bad guy.
Teagan is naïve. There is no other word for her. She is naïve and she is—at times—a pushover. I found myself constantly trying to tell her not to do the things she did. I’d be shaking my head saying “Don’t do it. Don’t do it!” She didn’t listen. I realize that this was also the point of the book. Teagan is a typical girl who believes the best in people. She’d do things for the sole purpose of it being something that she thinks the others want. She doesn’t like conflict. Don’t we all?
The whole point of the book is to warn people of abusive behavior, and to tell them to leave while they can. (At least that’s what I gathered). It achieved its purpose. I definitely know now to stay away from people exhibiting controlling, abusive behavior.
Do I recommend people read this book? Yes. It has a good message and it is something women and men should read to understand that this is everything you should stay away from.
Did I like the book? Not particularly. As I said, it isn’t my type of genre. It was good, yes, but it didn’t have the happy ending I craved for.
The only person I really liked in this book was Guthrie. He was sweet, kind, and he actually had a bit of common sense. Oh, and Teagan’s mother was nice too.
As the blurb says, this book is stark and realistic and it definitely ends realistic way. But I also hope that in the sequel Matthew gets what’s coming to him. (Does this mean I’ll be reading the sequel? Maybe.)
- The Governess Affair
on Aug. 15, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve read historical romances. They’re my first love, but they also tend to annoy me because women generally are portrayed as weak. It’s refreshing to read a story where the woman is clear-headed, knows what she wants, and goes after it.
Serena’s been through quite a bit—and it ended in scandal. She has let go (a polite way of saying “fired”) but now she has more to fight for than she ever imagined.
And then there’s Hugo Marshall: A man whose reputation names him as the ruthless Wolf of Clermont. He’s ruthless because he has to in order to get to where he wants to go, but then he meets Serena and finds that he doesn’t want to be ruthless as much as he wants her.
I loved Serena and Hugo. They fought their attraction for separate reasons, but it wasn’t annoying or frustrating when they did. They both had reasons and the “fighting the attraction” part of the story wasn’t drawn out. When Hugo clearly told Serena that he felt the attraction as well, I was elated because rarely do you find a man be as blunt as he in these novels. But don’t take that the wrong way—he was so kind and patient with Serena, and knew how to treat her in just the right way.
And Serena? She’s fantastic to read about. She’s strong and fighting to get past what happened to her. She won’t take no for an answer and won’t stop to get the recognition she deserves. But when she meets Hugo, well… things don’t go according to plan. Nonetheless, “things” get solved in a way different than expected (which had me clapping at Hugo and Serena—go them!) and end in a very satisfying way.
This is a novella, yes, but it doesn’t seem too short or rushed in any way. I really enjoyed reading about Serena and Hugo (though I wish Serena’s sister would get a happy ending!).
And the epilogue was a nice way to get me hooked onto the rest of the series. Though there are no cliffhangers—thank God—it definitely left me wanting to read more of The Brothers Sinister and what the rest of the characters will get up to. I definitely recommend this book to those who want romance, strong women, jerks who get what’s coming to them, and a happily ever after.